Governor Otter to Have Hip Surgery
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will have surgery next week to have his left hip resurfaced — a procedure he underwent on his right hip several years ago.
Otter made the announcement Thursday, telling reporters he would have the surgery on Tuesday and then work the next two or three weeks from home while he recovers.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little will serve as acting governor on Tuesday, while Otter is incapacitated.
Otter said in a prepared statement that he feels it is important for the public to know why he will be away from the Statehouse for a few weeks. Otter said he will stay in touch with legislative leadership, lawmakers and agency directors throughout his recovery and will attend meetings by phone until his doctors say he may return to the office.